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Edward F. Anewalt IV, CLP Anewalt’s Landscape Contracting (Bernville)

First Vice President

Contents Features: 6

Nirvana at Home — A Personal Oasis

Maximize your own outdoor living space.

James E. Gavin, Esquire

APRIL 2015

16 Technology

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Energy Trends for 2015.

20 Changing of

Masano Bradley Attorneys at Law (Wyomissing)

& Home Comfort

the Guard

2015 HBA of Berks County President is sworn in.

Secretary/Treasurer Evan L. Hand, III National Penn Bank (Wyomissing)

Angles:

Immediate Past President

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Patrick J. Dolan, AIA, LEED AP Dolan Construction Inc. (Reading)

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Builder/Remodeler Directors:

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Heffleger Kitchen Center (Reading)

Brad Kehres L A Kehres Building & Remodeling (Leesport)

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Eric Keller

Berks Fire Water Restorations, Inc. (Reading)

Bryan Moll B & G Glass (Reading)

10 King Cash, Queen Cash Flow, & Prince Profit

Learn the basics of cash flow to keep your business profitable.

13 Staycation Zone!

Creating a Master Plan.

Associate Directors:

29Sherrie Hallowell

Tompkins VIST Bank (Wyomissing)

Departments:

Peter Hart

4 From the President

Kohl Building Products (Reading)

31 Jason Jenkins

Bursich Associates, Inc. (Pottstown)

Joseph McGrory, Jr. Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin (Lansdale)

HBA Staff: Christian D. Malesic, MBA, IOM

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Executive Officer & At Home in Berks Editor-in-Chief

Barbara M. Bohrman Member & Event Coordinator

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HBA of Berks County President Edward Anewalt.

32 Membership Pages

New and returning members, member to member discount programs, and an overview of all Association-related events from April – June 2015.

DANGER: New Workers

Statistics on work related injuries and how to prevent them.

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Utility Imposters at Your Door

Protect yourself from thieves & scoundrels.

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Big Changes Coming for Water Heater Efficiency — Ready?

New residential water heater standards.

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The Natural Choice is Natural Gas

The benefits of switching to Natural Gas.

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Your Last Move

Tips for downsizing to a smaller home.

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From the President

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vividly remember the recession with the beginnings in 2007. Fortunately, for my profession, the recession affected the landscaping industry in a positive way. Since home owners seemed to be working around the clock allowing them minimal time to maintain their own lawn, the landscape maintenance industry began to boom. Other colleagues of mine in related contracting fields did not share the same fortune. Many stopped swinging hammers to build and remodel homes due to multifaceted consequences of the recession. Our county was hard hit; reputable businesses went under, home owners found themselves homeless, financial institutions were caught in a debacle. Times are changing though. When I drive through Berks County, I am strongly encouraged by what I see. There seems to be a rebirth of construction: new homes, remodeling projects, additions, etc. We can positively or negatively shape our future from what we experienced during the recession.

Today, I offer you three suggestions:

1. Recommit yourself to your pre-recession project. 2. Support our local business community. 3. Come alive outside!

Resurrect the Plans

As fate would have it, my wife Lori and I were in the planning process of adding an addition to our house when the recession swept through the area. Lori and I dreamed 4

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of the possibility of completing our house only to find there seemed to be no way to advance the project. We didn’t lose hope though; instead we used the time in between the recession and present day to tweak our architectural plans. I’ll even go so far as to say that the recession yielded a better plan and drove us to appreciate what we have and what we could have all the more. What am I saying? This spring recommit yourself to your remodeling or building project. Maybe your plans hit a roadblock a few years ago. Get determined to complete your project. Dust off those architectural plans, contact your bank for financial support, and call your professional contractor. Keep those hammers swinging!

use in our landscaping industry, the green industry, which simply means get outside and enjoy! You all know how busy we were as children experiencing the great outdoors. Remember how our parents used to let us outside with minimal supervision from sunup to sundown? And, you can all relate when I say to you that some of us have to force our children outside and use a pick to break them away from the iPad.

Spring is the time to renew your commitment to a non-sedentary lifestyle. Get As I said earlier, the recession was hard outside today for at least a half hour—that felt on local contractors, suppliers, and busi- is every day for at least a half hour. Take ness owners in general. God bless those that your spouse. Wheel an elder at your side. survived the test of time and those that did Walk your dog. Experience a new park or not. For those that did make it, let’s do our trail within Berks. Have an ‘unplugged day’ part to ensure they make it long into the with your children. They may even put up a future. Let your Home Builders Association fight at first, but don’t despair. It won’t take of Berks County (HBA) go to work for you. long for youth to enjoy nature with a bit of your unhurried encouragement. The HBA is a network of local business owners that share common values and busiAll the best for a productive spring! We’d ness practices. Contact the HBA to guide love to hear from you regarding your buildyou in making the right local business ing plans. Feel free to contact the HBA connections. Think of what ‘staying local’ with construction related questions. Finally, will do for our economy. The businesses please join us at our upcoming HBA events. that struggled through the recession will Check out our web site at www.HBAberks. gain momentum with your support. We’ll org for the latest news. keep jobs in Berks. We’ll ensure prosperity in our county. Keep it ‘At Home in Berks’! Edward F. Anewalt IV, CLP

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Get Moving

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h, Spring is in the air. You know it, you pool that can create a relaxing oasis and feel it and, yes, you even smell it. Your great entertainment for family and friends. mind awakens with thoughts of the Of course, you’ll need to have enough space great outdoors, and plans and dreams for and zoning approvals to make it happen. how you’ll again maximize your own Spring and Summer outdoor living space. Perhaps If, however, you desire something more this is the year you add a pool, hot tub, sauna, manageable or suitable for tighter space pond or bubbling fountain to your property. accommodations, look no further than the potential to add a smaller pond, with There are many ways to improve your out- or without fish and waterfalls, or bubbling door lifestyle and many different types and fountains, a hot tub or a sauna. All will shapes of products to use. If you’re searching provide you with the therapeutic benefits for larger, more impressive upgrades you that come with serenity achieved through might wish to consider building a pond or sight, sound and touch.

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When thinking about outdoor living improvements that include elements of water, it’s always wise to consider all the factors that could affect your current or future use, including functionality, placement, ease of use and maintenance, and its impact, if any, on your home’s future value. Making good decisions about these or any other home improvement projects should always include a thorough review of available plans and design options, current market or industry trends, and a clear understanding of the business practices and estimate provided by your selected contractor.


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Pools

If you’ve avoided having a pool installed because you’ve heard the many stories about hardships with pool maintenance, it’s time to come into the current century. Newer styles, materials, chemicals and processes offer such ease-of-use that make maintenance a breeze. One of the newer trends in water and maintenance would be salt water pools as they greatly reduce the need for chlorine, and it’s better for the environment. Pool shapes have also changed. Kidney and rectangular pools are the old standard because they were the easiest forms to build. Today, the focus is on creating environments that blend or conform with the existing landscape. Organic and free-form pools often work better with the surrounding natural areas as they incorporate trees and existing gardens that may include features such as slides built into and utilizing rock features. Jim DeCray, General Manager of Fronheiser Pools, in Bally, is seeing a trend toward higher-end pools such as the “infinity” pool, which features a vanishing edge that spills into a catch basin and is recycled back into the pool.

suited for you. You can choose concrete and plaster, fiberglass or vinyl as a finished pool surface. Gunite, a form of thick, liquid concrete, is a method of applying concrete to swimming pools that is produced and hydraulically mixed on-site and installed with hoses by compression. Thus, the pool is “shot” as the material fills into the area that has been excavated. The plaster or material finish is then troweled to shape the pool with a smooth or aggregate finish. Anewalt’s and Fronheiser recommend that home owners consider installation, maintenance and replacement costs before deciding what surface to use. Gunite may cost approximately 25% more than fiberglass or vinyl, but it provides lasting quality and is service-friendly. Vinyl pools have liners that need to be replaced approximately every 3-5 years. And fiberglass pools, while relatively maintenance-free, can crack with impact or heavy wear and may require replacement at a higher cost than a vinyl liner.

Spas

A hot tub or spa is often a very affordable option to a full-size pool, and they offer year-round use in some cases. They are therapeutic, soothing tired joints and muscles, and are lower maintenance. Fronheiser Ed Anewalt, owner of Anewalt ’s Pools design spas that contain marine-grade Landscape Contracting, in Bernville, focus- stereo systems, LED lighting, and waterfalls, es more on the total outdoor living space. while providing service maintenance plans When homeowners choose Anewalt’s to to cover all aspects of care. design a backyard poolscape plan, they typically create up to four Computer Aided Design (CAD) conceptual options that incorporate the best features for the homeowner’s outdoor environments.

Saunas

Adding a sauna to your backyard, and its frequent use, provides many health benefits: Blood pressure reduction from the sauna’s heat increases the heart rate as much as 60% in efficiency. Detoxification results as the pores are cleansed of toxins and other impurities. Relaxation due to the boosting of endorphins provides pain relief for those suffering from arthritis or for sore muscles following a workout. Skin purification, with increased blood flow; facial muscles relax, opening the pores. Stress is reduced as the calming effects create a respite in our daily lives, and produce better sleep.

Other Popular Types of Water Features

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Pool location is always a primary consideration. A good landscape or pool contractor will always consider the best locations for pools, ponds and spas based on conformance with zoning restrictions, proximity and access to the home, elevations of the home, pool and existing or future landscape and water and pedestrian flow. Anewalt mentioned he also tries to create play areas that are safe for children, and is experienced in providing guidance on edible landscapes that are both kid—and pet—friendly. When considering pools you’ll need to consider what type of pool would be best April 2015 AT HOME IN BERKs

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features using a water basin, pump, and a stone waterfall or a raised basalt column.

THINGS TO CONSIDER… And, if variety is the spice of life, there are many options for patio ponds, tabletop water features and wall fountains. The use of single or multi-tiered pottery pieces, accent lighting, pond-spitters, and foggers also adds to the appeal, in materials that include ceramic, resin/ fiberglass, stainless steel, and copper. If you can dream it, you can do it!

So, as the Spring season slowly emerges and your mind starts to conjure visions of your new backyard space you may wish to heed Ed Anewalt’s advice: “In any construction project, when considering price, quality, and service, select your priorMillstones, carved stones and stacked stones ity carefully. Putting quality and service at can also be used as the center column,” the top of your list will always give you the best opportunities for success.” explained Salks.

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KING CASH,

Queen Cash Flow, & Prince Profit

Christian D. Malesic, MBA, IOM

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t takes cash-on-hand to run a business. Cash allows bills to be paid, payroll to be met, and capital improvements to fuel expansion. Cash, however, depletes quickly and must be replenished by a steady cash flow stream for the business to survive, even in the most prosperous times. In the new economy, poor cash flow kills companies.

outflows are greater than inflows (negative cash flow), cash-on-hand buys you the desperately needed time to correct these problems. They will both need to be corrected to survive; cash buys you the time to figure out how to turn it around. Ironically So, for example, a firm may measure prof- enough, by definition, the cash your firm itability monthly, quarterly, and/or annually has now came from positive cash flows and which means they are comparing the inflows profitability at some earlier point in the Cash vs. Cash Flow of revenue minus the outflows of expenses company’s history. It was neatly gathered vs. Profit to determine which was greater during the together annually in the Retained Earnings The common experience of preparing to period. If inflows were greater, the company line item of your Balance Sheet and stored wash your face provides a simple analogy was profitable. If outflows were greater, the in your savings account. for these complicated and intertwined company operated at a loss. financial metrics. Both the spigot and the Absent actual cash-on-hand, the firm drain represent cash flow which can be furEach measure of financial accomplish- must turn to debt in troubled times. ther defined as inflow (spigot) and outflow ment is necessary. What’s more, increasing Unfortunately, banks and lenders are slow (drain). The water pouring into the sink each measurement is essential to continued to loan cash to troubled companies. Thus, bowl is analogous to the revenue flowing operations and growth. if your firm is in a crisis and you did not into the company. For cash inflow, it does execute a financial disaster preparedness not matter whether the product/service was plan when times were better; there is little you can do other than to liquidate assets. If, sold at a profit or loss, only that revenues King Cash flow in. Conversely, all of the expenses of King Cash rules the kingdom. The larger on the other hand, all three metrics are up, the firm, from the electric bill to insurance your firm’s pile of cash, the better you can now is the time to apply for, or raise, the to payroll to vendor charges, are represent- sleep at night. Though savings does not firm’s credit line. This is best done with a ed by the drain. Just as water flows out solve problems, it does give you something recently signed large contract in-hand and of the sink bowl, cash outflows from the unattainable otherwise: time. If the firm is the latest financial statements neatly printfirm. The water accumulating in the sink operating in the red (unprofitable) or cash ed and expertly bound. 10

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Queen Cash Flow

King Cash rules the kingdom as its head of state; but, Queen Cash Flow is its neck. And, everyone knows the neck turns the head. Thus, assuming your firm is not cash rich, the metric that rises above the others in demand for your attention is cash flow. Imagine a situation where the company is profitable on paper, meaning it is selling its goods/services for more than the cost of delivering them; but, cash is not flowing. This would mean revenue is due in as Accounts Receivable; yet, has not arrived at the firm’s door. How long can a company survive? Assuming the firm has no cashon-hand and no means of acquiring a quick, temporary infusion of cash (credit line), the question can be answered with another: how long will you and your co-workers continue working for a firm after a pay date has come and gone with no pay? Suffice it to say, the company’s demise is measured in weeks not months or years.

Prince Profit

Companies are in business to make a profit—period. Without profit, there is no growth and corporate value diminishes as assets age and depreciate. Profit, like the Crown Prince, must be treated with respect to prepare for the future. Profit can be overlooked in dire situations to satisfy King Cash and Queen Cash Flow. If, however, this is done for more than brief periods of time, the future of the company is in jeopardy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christian D. Malesic, MBA, IOM, is the Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Berks County. He provides insight on construction issues, business operations, marketing, personal finance, and occasionally, on political philosophy/history. Contact Christian at the HBA of Berks County Financial metrics are the royalty of the office: Christian@HBAberks.org company. Each must be attended to and or, to receive notice of the newest cultivated. As cash flows are increased, cash- articles written by Christian, follow on-hand and profit increase over time as well. him on Twitter @CDMalesic. Though the economic times may be desperate, the rules of corporate finance never change. As complicated as these topics may seem, they can be boiled down into a very simple principle you probably learned growing up—“if momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.” Look after your cash flow and that positive cash flow will look after everything else.

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Staycation Zone! Lori Jean Anewalt

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s we start to emerge from another deep winter’s freeze, it’s time to frolic in our backyard.

What can you do to transform your backyard into a Staycation Zone?

Softscape? Hardscape? A pool? A new walkway? How about that outdoor kitchen? Trends and ideas are countless! However, CAUTION: Failing to plan is planning to fail! – Alan Lakein Before you embark on creating your Staycation Zone complete with softscape, hardscape, a pool, and landscape lighting, Create a Master Plan!!!

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Have a Master Plan in Hand

Admittedly, many of us would not be confident enough or have the know-how to build our own home without an architectural plan in hand. It requires quite an education to structurally know how to best construct a home, aesthetically where the lines of influence are, and functionally how all of it works together. Similarly, although often not considered an equal, proper landscaping requires the same elements as an architectural plan to make sure it is structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing, and functions according to the owners’ desires.

Landscape maintenance companies were called to duty to maintain the properties, allowing families to spend what time they had together in the neatly maintained backyard. Staycations are still popular; however, the backyard has grown from modestly being maintained to including outdoor living spaces adorned with fire pits, outdoor kitchens, landscape lighting, and pools as the pressures of the recession continue to diminish.

What to include in your Staycation Zone?

Softscapes. There is a plethora of plant material available. What’s new and exciting? Stop, before you dig; plan again. Before the shovel even meets the earth, be sure you have selected the right plant material for your zone, exposure, soil conditions, and drainage. How disappointing it would be to plant a water-loving plant in a parched area! That’s a death sentence for a plant. For extensive information on plant conditions, consult the horticulture Bible for plant material: Michael Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs.

New property owners should take the time to have a master plan completed by an educated and experienced designer. The Master Plan will give definition to your landscape even if you are not currently planning on landscaping your entire property. Once you have the Master Plan, you can complete the installation in phases, sometimes completing the installation over the course of several years as it pertains to your budget or timetable.

Staycations!

The idea of a Staycation seemed to take hold as a result of the recession between 2007 and 2010. With husbands and wives both working to make ends meet, they were left with little time to maintain their properties and little money to book a trip.

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I will offer a few of my favorites to consider: native plants such as Amelanchier or serviceberry, Midwinter Fire Dogwood, and don’t forget the Hydrangea.

Adding a Pool to Your Scape

Ready to dive in? Fantastic! Before you take the plunge, proceed with caution! Planning to fail is failing to plan. Did I already mention that above? Oh, yes I did. But, there is a tremendous reason as to why. A poolscape is different than simply ‘getting a pool’, in that, the entire landscape design process is taken into consideration when incorporating the pool. Remember that Master Plan? Let’s take the worst case scenario. You want a pool and so you have one installed only to learn that you now have a 15 foot drop off on the far side of your pool, the pool gets no shade (something your wife requested) and it’s too close to the house. So, you invite the landscape designer to your home only to learn that you have to install a $30K retaining wall so the pool doesn’t shift, you have to plant costly mature shade trees to appease your wife, and outside of imploding your home, you’ll have to live with the close placement issue.


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Think it doesn’t happen? Think again. It happens more often than you think. The plan can save you time, money, and energy in the long run. The designer and property owners must collaborate to properly place the pool, giving proper consideration to lighting, balance of shade/sun, incorporation of patios, and walkways, etc., to make the pool not only functional, but also aesthetically pleasing. Elevation, drainage, aesthetics, proper flow, and function of the overall landscape must be considered before breaking ground.

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According to Ed Anewalt, Master Designer for Anewalt ’s Landscape Contracting, “The pool must be a function of what the family wants. We listen to our clients, helping to find the balance between function and aesthetics. Just as a patio needs to be proportionately sized to the house, so does a pool.”

Landscape Lighting

You are just about ready for your Staycation, but what about when the sun goes down? Stay outside with families and friends with appropriate and complementary landscape lighting. One of my favorite types of landscape lighting includes ‘moonlighting’ or the imitation of the moon’s light. The moonlighting placement involves a team to place the lighting fixtures rather high in trees such as 40-50 feet up. The lighting professional guides the climber to mount the fixtures at the optimum position. Visitors cannot see the fixtures; instead they are subtly struck by the light source and its soft natural effects cascading downward on the ground.

Investing in the Gift of Time

Whether your plans for your Staycation Zone include all the bells and whistles or simply a well-maintained backyard, the best return on your investment is the gift of time. Delight in the beauty of your backyard. Enjoy the treasures of nature: the fragrance of the flowers in bloom, the seasonal color, and the furry visitors. Proper planning will allow you to

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share quiet evenings outside with your better half, do countless cannonballs in the pool with your children, bird watch with an elder, and stargaze with a friend.

Cheers to the Staycation!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lori Jean Anewalt is a co-owner of Anewalt’s Landscape Contracting, specializing in creating beautiful outdoor living spaces. To learn more about their services, talented landscape designers, or Certified Landscape Architect, visit them on the web at www.AnewaltsLandscape.com. Contact Lori at (610) 926-3836 or by email at Lori@AnewaltsLandscape.com.

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Home Comfort heating and cooling systems remotely via a wireless internet connection—a great tool for helping lower energy costs. This is particularly useful for people who have a vacation home or who travel frequently. Log in, and you can adjust the temperature in your home.

Advanced Furnace Design

Better technology has made newer gas systems far more cost efficient. Two key developments that often work together: the two-stage gas furnace and the variable speed blower. “Older systems are either off or operating at full blast,” Crawford explains. “When they’re on, these systems burn more fuel than needed, which means the home owner spends more on energy.”

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ew technology has clearly transformed the way we work, play, and communicate. Now, it’s also changing the way we manage a home’s environment—and that can lead to big advantages for the home owner.

Bruce Crawford, who manages service and installation for E.G. Smith and Boyertown Oil & Propane, tracks developments in home comfort technology and offers his expertise on trends home owners may want to consider:

The typical family spends 48% of its energy budget on heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy—a sizable household expense. But, today, new equipment, new techniques, and even the internet are helping to boost the efficiency of home comfort equipment, which in turn drives down energy costs.

Wi-Fi Thermostats

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The internet has enabled us to become more connected—not only with people and ideas, but with equipment. Our service teams have been installing an increasing number of wi-fi thermostats. With a simple app on a smart phone or tablet, the home owners can control their

With a two-stage system, the burner operates at a high or low stage, using only the fuel needed to reach the desired temperature. Similarly, older systems offer a fan with just two settings—“on” and “off.” Now, high-efficiency systems offer a variable speed blower, which adjusts its work rate according to need, thereby using less energy.

Dual-fuel Systems

Another improvement has made its way into our region: the dual-fuel (or hybrid heat) system, which combines a gas (or oil) furnace with heat-pump technology. Here’s how it works: when the temperature fluctuates, the system automatically determines which fuel source will deliver home comfort at the greatest efficiency. Another benefit: because dual-fuel systems work with multiple fuel sources, the home owner gains some protection against rapid price increases that may occur in a specific type of fuel.


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The typical home generates hot water by keeping 40 gallons of water heated continuously, but that approach comes with a major drawback. “It’s equivalent to keeping a car running all the time in case you have to drive it somewhere,” Crawford says. “It might be convenient, but it’s not very energy efficient.” One new system—available for oilheat, natural gas, or propane homes—uses an innovative design to provide hot water “on-demand.” This system uses a digital energy manager to gauge needs and avoid waste: you get hot water when you need it without wasting energy keeping gallons of water hot when you don’t (for example, overnight).

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For these folks, there’s an ideal alternative: ductless air conditioning, which provides comfortable, efficient central air conditioning in “non-ducted” homes. These flexible systems use a series of units, called “mini-splits,” connected to an outdoor unit, to cool various rooms in the home. These mini-splits can be controlled separately, giving the home owner the ability to operate different cooling zones throughout the home at different temperatures—a feature that helps trim cooling costs.

Getting Started

Low-tech solutions, high-dollar savings. New technology is great, but every home owner can save money by remembering to focus on the basics. A few examples: seal drafts with weather stripping and caulk. Open shades and drapes during the winter to warm with the sun. Consider having your ducts sealed to prevent wasteful loss of heated or cooled air. Turn down the temperature on your water heater.

Spring/Fall Clean-Up

• How old is my current system? • What type of fuel does it use? • Are there other options available? • How much do I spend on heating and cooling now, and how much could I save with new technology?

Consider your situation. If you’re thinking about incorporating some of the newer Not every home owner needs to take technology, ask yourself these questions: advantage of the latest technology, but ask-

ing these questions can help you determine where you can realize savings. Get professional guidance. Home heating and cooling systems are complicated. In fact, you may need help answering some of the questions above. If you do, the Home Builders Association of Berks County (www. HBAberks.org) cautions you to rely on a qualified professional who is a member of Continued on page 18 April 2015 AT HOME IN BERKs

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REINVESTING THE “ENERGY DIVIDEND” What if someone gave you an extra $2,000 this year? How would you spend it? Well, that’s a decision thousands of families in our region have to make. They’re reaping the Energy Dividend—huge savings from falling heating bills and lower gas prices. The Rhoads family of companies created the Energy Dividend to illustrate just how much less Central Pennsylvania’s families spend on energy this year, compared with last.

The Eye-Opening Figures: •

The average oilheat home will save $1,975

The average propane oilheat household will save $1,875

The average natural gas household will save $1,100

While families have different financial priorities, they should consider applying their “energy dividend” toward investments that lower their energy costs for years to come. Replacing an old heating system with today’s technology can cut heating bills by 40% or more—every single winter. And, if you have a newer system, be sure to protect it with a service contract that includes annual maintenance. That move can boost system efficiency by 10% or more, and can extend the life of some heating systems by up to 50%. We all need to remember that this year’s Energy Dividend won’t last forever. An investment in efficiency can drive down your energy bills year after year.

the HBA. Most companies with a long track-record, including E.G. Smith Inc. and Boyertown Oil & Propane, will be happy to review your home’s system and provide you with options without any obligation. Remember, selecting the wrong system— or poor workmanship during installation —can reduce both the energy efficiency and lifespan of the equipment. Ask for references, and be comfortable that you’re working with an experienced HVAC team.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael DeBerdine III is President and CEO of the Jerome H. Rhoads family of companies, which provides comprehensive energy services including heating oil, natural gas, propane, fleet fueling and equipment installation and service. The organization serves Berks County through local subsidiaries including Boyertown Oil and Propane and E.G. Smith Inc. For information, visit www.boyertownoil. com or www.egsmithinc.com. Contact Michael by Email at mike3@egsmithinc.com.

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dward F. Anewalt IV, CLP, presided over the Board of Directors at his first meeting as President & Chairman of the Board of the Home Builders Association of Berks County (HBA). Having been sworn in by 2014 President Patrick J. Dolan, AIA, LEED AP, on January 16th, 2015 at Stokesay Castle in Reading, this was Anewalt’s first official duty since taking office.

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Number 59: Anewalt Anewalt, who is also the President of Anewalt’s Landscape Contracting of Bernville, has served on the HBA’s Board of Directors since 2011 and represents the HBA as its 59th President since its formation in 1957. “The Home Builders Association has a long tradition of representing and standing up for the housing industry in Berks County. I am humbled by the faith that the builders, remodelers, trade contractors, and other building industry professionals have placed in me as their 2015 leader,” said Anewalt. The outstanding leadership of the HBA of Berks County has led the association to be recognized nationally with five unique Best-in-Nation awards over the last three years. “The HBA is part of a larger 3-in-1 federation that includes the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB),” explained Executive Officer Christian D. Malesic, MBA, IOM. “So, bringing home to Berks one Best-in-Nation award is an amazing accomplishment when we are up against 746 other local HBAs throughout the US and Canada.

Bringing home five makes Berks the Mark Spitz or Michael Phelps of associations. Ed has been part of the leadership team that made that happen. He is an outstanding and creative leader.” Anewalt took the occasion to graciously thank Dolan for his contributions over the last five years on the Board. Dolan will remain on the Board of Directors for one final year, before term limit restrictions kick in, as the highly respected primary advisor to the Board with the title of “Immediate Past President.”

Number 58: Dolan Patrick J. Dolan, AIA, LEED AP, served as the 2014 President and presided over Anewalt’s inauguration ceremony. Dolan also serves as the President of Dolan Construction Inc. of Reading, was the 58th President of the HBA, and has been an Officer of the association since 2011. As the 2014 President, Dolan led the Board back to the association’s roots. He would often say, “In the end, we are a membership organization. Membership and the value a Member gets from Membership is why the HBA exists.” To reconnect with the Members and understand them better in this post-recession economy, Officers and Directors made phone calls to every Member of the HBA during the course of the year. Though usually short, many times the phone calls would last as long as an hour. HBA leaders and Members dis-


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Who is 2015 HBA President Ed Anewalt? FULL NAME: Edward F. Anewalt IV, CLP; Call me Eddie, Ed, or Edward— just don’t call me late for dinner! WHAT IS CLP: Certified Landscape Professional HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF BERKS COUNTY TITLE: 2015 President ON HBA BOARD SINCE:  2011 COMPANY: Anewalt’s Landscape Contracting COMPANY TITLE:  President HOMETOWN: Reading, PA COLLEGE:  Penn State University DEGREE:  Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting WHY DID YOU STUDY THAT:  To Beautify Pennsylvania One Yard at a Time

FAVORITE MUSICAL GROUP: Van (Haggar) Halen THE BIRTH OF ANEWALT’S LANDSCAPE CONTRACTING:  Mowing lawns at age 10 in Greenfields MARRIED (TO WHOM?)/SINGLE:  Lori Anewalt—20 years this year!

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cussed the issues of the day and the state of the construction industry in Berks County then reported back to the Board for further discussion by the whole group. Because of Patrick Dolan and the last couple of Presidents before him, the HBA is something all new, fresh, and uber-responsive to Members’ needs. According to Dolan, “Welcome to the HBA 2.0—This isn’t your father’s HBA anymore.”

ABOUT THE HBA: The HBA of Berks County is the leading advocate for the building industry by promoting trust and value for the community. Known for annual events such as the Home & Garden Show, the Parade of Homes, and Lobsterfest, the HBA is the first place to start when you are looking to hire a contractor in Berks County. For more information visit www.HBAberks.org or contact the HBA at (610) 777-8889.

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tatistics reveal that workers are most at risk of injuries during their first month on the job. And, the statistics are supported by real-life horror stories. All three of the following accidents involved new employees and a failed safety orientation:

doesn’t seem to have understood the “why” of the shutdown rule or the risk he was taking if he failed to follow it.

Inexperience Leads to Foolishness

A novice forklift operator noticed that his forklift was blocking an aisle. Instead of getting back onto the forklift to move it, Instead of shutting down a conveyor to clean it, a new employee he stood beside it and put it into reverse. He lost control of the decided to do the job while the conveyor was moving and to save forklift. In an effort to get back on, he slipped and fell. The forktime. When he was finished, he prepared to jump off the con- lift ran over him, crushing his back. After months in the hospital, veyor. Unfortunately, he slipped, and his pants got caught in the several operations, and more months of rehabilitation, he is able roll feeder. He lost a leg, but he was lucky not to have lost his life. to walk again, but he suffers constant pain.

Understanding “the Why”

Sure, someone had told him to shut the conveyor down first. But, the message apparently didn’t get across. This young worker

To be fair to the employee’s supervisor, who would have imagined that someone could do something so foolish and dangerous? But, when you’re orienting new employees, you have to imagine the most outrageous possibilities and cover all the bases. Beware of making assumptions about what new employees know—especially if they are young and inexperienced.

A Training Fail

A new employee in a pizzeria never imagined her job could be hazardous. One day when working a machine that flattened the dough, she tried to clear some dough that had gotten stuck in the rollers. She failed to turn off the machine first. No one had told her she was supposed to. Today she has only two fingers on her right hand.

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Safety Orientation Training

Stories like these underline the need to provide essential safety training to new hires as soon as they come under your supervision. That means covering all the basics: O General hazards in the facility O Specific hazards involved in each task the employee performs O Company safety policies and work rules O Proper safety practices and procedures for preventing accidents O Location of emergency equipment like fire extinguishers, eyewash stations, and first-aid supplies O Smoking regulations and designated smoking areas

and recitations of safety rules. It’s a chance to demonstrate to your most recent employees that your company cares about them and wants to keep them safe and healthy. In many ways, a safety orientation sets the tone for your company’s whole approach toward safety. The seriousness with which you handle the introduction suggests to new hires how you manage other components of the safety program. Les McKeown, president and CEO of Yellowbrick, an employee development company, urges clients to abandon the “Let’s get this over with” mentality. McKeown and other training experts recognize that to be successful, safety orientation must be thorough, informative, and engaging.

O Proper action following an accident or injury

McKeown offers five key factors that can make a difference in the success of your employee safety orientations:

O Emergency evacuation procedures and routes

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O Proper reporting of emergencies, accidents, and near misses O Selection, use, and care of personal protective equipment

Consider two new employees: one, a recent high school graduate; the other, an employee with years of experience. Both need the same safety messages during orientation, but they need them packaged in a way that targets their specific skills, work experience, and maturity.

O Safe housekeeping rules O Facility security procedures and systems

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O Safe use of tools and equipment O Safe lifting techniques and materials-handling procedures O Safety with hazardous materials and the location of MSDSs

Successful orientation of new employees also requires that you: 1.

Make expectations clear so that employees realize right from the first day that safety is a number one job priority, that safety performance will be evaluated along with other aspects of job performance, and that those evaluations will affect raises, promotions, and so on.

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Use hands-on demonstrations to make sure that your new employees completely understand the correct procedures and can perform them flawlessly.

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Provide new workers with a written safety checklist that covers safety rules, procedures, and precautions. Encourage them to post the checklist at the workstations and refer to it as they work.

4. Follow up on initial safety orientation by monitoring performance closely and asking and answering many questions during those first few weeks and months to make sure you’ve gotten the safety message across.

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Administer a short pretest to find out what new employees know— and especially what they don’t know—about key safety hazards and practices in your department. Then at the end of the initial orientation period, give another test to find out what the new employee has learned and what you need to go over again.

Buddy up. 

Pair a new worker with a seasoned employee who has a good safety record. Buddy them up for at least a couple of weeks or until you’re convinced that it’s safe for the new worker to go solo. A buddy is there to catch mistakes and correct unsafe behavior. And, the new employee gets an opportunity for personal, thorough one-on-one training.

Add it up. 

McKeown urges supervisors to discuss the average cost of a workplace injury and “drill that figure into people’s heads.” For example, hearing that a typical job injury costs $4,000 can have more impact than just reminding employees to do this or not to do that.

Share the stories. 

For even greater impact, invite someone who’s been seriously injured in a workplace accident to talk to new employees about the experience—why the accident happened, how it could have been avoided, all the pain and suffering that resulted. For example, hearing a guy tell the story of how he lost an eye because he forgot to wear his safety glasses drives home an important safety message in a dramatic and memorable way. Who’s going to forget to wear safety glasses after hearing something like that?

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Safety Culture

Safety orientation is an important way to get new hires on board, to shape their safety attitudes, and to hone their safety skills and knowledge. But, the ultimate success of your orientation program depends on how much you put into it. Put yourself in the (safety) shoes of new employees. What do they need to know to work safely and prevent accidents and injuries to themselves and their co-workers? What do you want them to know about your safety policies, procedures, and programs? The orientation period is a golden opportunity to get new employees off on the right foot and to create safe, responsible workers. Give it the time and effort it deserves. You might never get a better chance to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Erica J. Grimm, CISR, is the Account Administrator for the PBA Workers Compensation Insurance Program, which has highly competitive rates for all HBA members, especially those in the building and remodeling trades. Learn more at www.HBAberks.org/Insurance.html. Contact Erica at egrimm@ ekmcconkey.com or (717) 755-9266.


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Once inside the home, the imposters typically divert the resident’s attention by sending him/her to the basement or kitchen to run a faucet while they or an accomplice robs another area of the home.

Separating the Good from the Bad

First, it is extremely rare for water company personnel to show up at a customer’s home without an appointment. However, if a utility worker comes to your door and you are not expecting them, DO NOT let them inside without proper identification. All Pennsylvania American Water service personnel wear uniforms, drive company-branded vehicles, and wear photo ID badges with the company’s logo. (IMPORTANT: Company employees will never ask for nor accept payment at a customer’s home or business.)

Don’t Be a Victim

Don’t be afraid to ask for photo ID, and take the time to examine the ID badge whenever someone from a utility company arrives at your home. If you are still unsure and have any suspicions about the individual’s identity, call 9-1-1 immediately. Also, you can contact Pennsylvania American Water’s customer service center (800) 565-7292 to check if the service visit is legitimate. Please share this advice with family and friends, particularly seniors who often fall prey to these thieves.

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ou hear about it all too often in the Thieves & Scoundrels Individuals claiming to represent the news: an unsuspecting home owner “water company” or another utility will victimized by thieves posing as utilapproach the resident and use a variety of ity company workers to gain entry and rob excuses to enter the home. For example, the house. You can prevent utility imposters they are supposedly investigating a “dirty from targeting you by taking precautions water” complaint by a neighbor or checking to protect yourself. water pressure due to a main break nearby.

Pennsylvania American Water is committed to safety for its customers and employees. Be vigilant, and don’t get fooled by utility imposters!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Terry M. Maenza is the Director of Communications & External Affairs at Pennsylvania American Water. American Water operates in 40 U.S. states serving 14 million people. For information, visit www. amwater.com. Contact Terry by Email at terry. maenza@amwater.com or by phone at (610) 670-7789 X 1009. April 2015 AT HOME IN BERKs

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ew residential water heater energy-efficiency standards that go into effect April 16 will require changes to the installation of many residential water heaters.

New Standards

These new efficiency standards will require much higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings for larger Most water heaters with a capacity of 55 gallons or less will water heaters, making a huge require more installation space, and those larger than 55 gallons impact, especially on how these in capacity will see additional, more significant changes. However, types of water heaters are manproducts manufactured before April 16 can still be bought and ufactured, distributed, installed, installed after the changeover date. and/or vented. The more common-sized water heaters of 55 gallons or less will likely be larger by roughly 2 inches in height and diameter to account for the additional insulation needed to meet the new standard. This may require builders and remodelers to account for the increased size in their design. It is expected that replacement water heaters installed in closets will present the biggest problems: They may require installing an appliance with reduced water capacity, selecting a much taller tank of the same diameter or a switching to a tankless water heater if space does not allow for a simple change-out. As more information is available from manufacturers and the federal Department of Energy, the Home Builders Association of Berks County (HBA) will be sure to keep you updated.

Larger Heaters, Bigger Changes

There are many factors for home builders and remodelers to consider when deciding whether to specify these new larger water heaters. First is the cost: Conventional, current minimum-efficiency 60-gallon gas and electric water heaters are approximately $675-$1,500, while the new high-efficiency models are about $1,200-$2,450. New gas water heaters with a capacity of more than 55 gallons will need to be a condensing combustion design to meet the new efficiency requirements, which raises the EF from 0.55 to 0.75 for a 65-gallon model. This means you’ll need a dedicated electrical receptacle to power the exhaust fan and provide a means for condensate disposal. For venting, a dedicated line for combustion air 26

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via a lower temperature PVC pipe will typically exhaust through the wall rather than the roof with this design. Larger electric water heaters will need to be of a heat-pump design to meet the efficiency requirements, which increases the EF from 0.88 to 1.98 for a 65-gallon model. Where a 3 feet x 3 feet closet was often the go-to location for installation for an electric water heater, these new appliances likely won’t fit into the same space. According to the Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute, heat pump water heaters require installation in locations that remain in the 40–90 degree Fahrenheit range year-round and provide at least 1,000 cubic feet of surrounding air space. Because heat pump water heaters remove heat from the house to heat the water, it’s better to install them in warmer areas of the country where the cooling effect of the heat pump will reduce the air conditioning load on the house.

Think Differently

One alternative is to run new plumbing to two smaller water heaters (i.e., 40 gallons) at opposite sides of the home, bringing them closer to the point of use and conserving both water and energy by eliminating excess piping.

For gas water heaters, there may not be much of a benefit from purchasing two appliances because of the need to install another gas line and comply with ventilation requirements. However, not only can the two electric water heaters fit in smaller spaces, there is no need to manage the cold air expelled from the unit or for the design to account for proximity to fixtures to decrease heat loss in piping. Another alternative: the gas or electric tankless water heater. These units take up little space and can be mounted indoors in cabinets, under sinks, and in very close proximity to fixtures, using less energy than conventional water heaters. However, gas tankless water heaters may require a larger gas line and modifications to the vent pipe. Electric tankless models may require increasing the capacity of the electric service to the house. Hot water flow rate is limited by the size of the unit and measured in gallons per minute (GPM). Whole-house tankless hot water systems with up to 7.0 GPM can cost $600-$1,000. It’s important for builders and installers to become familiar with the new rules and the technology options so that they can offer customers the best solutions for placement and capacity. Water heater manufacturers are working to get the word out and the major manufacturers have updated their websites with the latest information. So far, A.O. Smith, Rheem, Bradford White, and State Water Heaters have announced changes to product lines and installation instructions to address how these new standards will affect their customers. April 2015 AT HOME IN BERKs

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respectively. Natural gas also provides critical back up to intermittent energy sources, such as wind and solar.

Comfort and Reliability

When it comes to heating in your home, comfort and reliability are essential, especially in the bitter cold winter months. Natural gas furnaces are up to 98% efficient, highly durable, and last longer than any other type of heating system. On average, a natural gas furnace will last six years longer than an electric heat pump and five years longer than an oil furnace.

Natural gas generators and outdoor lights offer dependable security during power outages. In addition to dependability, natural gas also produces heat approximately 25 degrees warmer than the electric heat, leaving your home feeling warm and cozy.

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If you are using oil or electric as the heat source for your home, you should consider making the switch to natural gas. If you are building a new home, be sure to build with natural gas. On average, customers who heat with natural gas save $1,000 or more per year compared to oil and electric.

Natural gas space heating allows you to heat additional living space in your home for about one-third the cost of an electric space heater. These savings can eliminate the financial obstacle you have faced with beginning new renovating projects such as: a refurbished basement, garage workshop, or sunroom/enclosed porch.

Natural Gas Appliances

Natural Gas is Plentiful

In addition to the benefits of the home heating system, natural gas appliances also have many benefits:

In this day and age, natural resources have • Natural gas water heaters save you become very limited. Natural gas, howevmoney by heating water twice as fast er, is one of the most abundant and widely as electricity. And, yes, that means hot available domestically produced resources water can be used at the same time all around the house whether it’s for in the United States. dishes, laundry, or bathing the kids.

U.S. Marcellus Shale is a producer of nat• Natural gas dryers last an average ural gas that continues to help keep natural of 12 years, and you can dry two gas abundant. Along with other similar proloads of laundry for the price of one ducing zones, they contain enough natural compared to an electric dryer. Its gas to supply the U.S. for the next 100 years. faster heat-up and shorter drying times

Easy on the Environment

also mean it is gentler on fabrics.

As its name claims, natural gas is natural. • Natural gas fireplaces provide all the beauty and comfort of wood UGI Utilities, Inc. calls natural gas the It is also the cleanest fossil fuel. Natural gas burning models but with no mess “energy to do more.” Not only is natural gas will improve the air quality in your home, or hassle. You can turn them on and the least expensive way to heat your home, making it not only healthier for you; but off with the flick of a switch and feel it is abundant, easy on the environment, less to clean around the home. Using natural safer with no more sparking, hot and provides comfort and reliability all gas instead of oil heat or electric reduces ash, or possible chimney build-up. throughout your home. annual carbon emission by 66% and 166%, 28

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• Natural gas cooktops and ovens save you up to 30% each year compared to the electric counterpart, simultaneously providing faster heat-up, quicker boil time, and high performance and precision for cooking techniques.

The appliances are not limited to the indoors. Outdoor living with natural gas can transform your backyard into the go-to spot for both summer and winter. Keep your backyard warm with patio heaters, patio campfires, outdoor fireplaces, and pool/spa heaters. Natural gas grills connect to your home’s existing gas line so you will never run out of fuel.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lindsey Olpp is a Marketing Intern at UGI Utilities, Inc., a natural gas and electric utility committed to delivering reliable, safe and affordable energy to 660,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and one county in Maryland. Go to www.ugi.com and click on “Gas For Homes” in the upper left to learn more. Contact UGI’s Marketing group at slord@ugi.com or by phone (610) 796-3469.

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or many seniors, moving or downsizing to a smaller home can be emotionally challenging. After raising a family or spending a good portion of their adult lives in one home, it is often difficult to think about putting it on the market.

Help is Available

Yet, the process does not have to be as stressful as you might imagine. In fact, a growing new industry of “senior move managers” was created to help baby boomers transition to the next phase of their lives. “Senior move managers handle many aspects of a senior move,” said Erin Martinko, managing director of Wise Moves, based in suburban Washington, D.C. “We do floor plans, we figure out what furniture to take, we do the packing for them, and we help with liquidation if they want to sell or donate things. Basically, we get them from point A to point B.” The National Association of Senior Move Managers, www.nasmm.org, provides senior move resources and a directory of senior move managers across the country.

What to Take

Martinko points out that there are a lot of memories associated with a home and its belongings collected over a lifetime. This makes it difficult for seniors—and often their family members and loved ones—to make decisions about what to keep and what to give away. Here are the three key things seniors should consider before they begin the downsizing process:

 It takes time. It is hard to imagine moving

out of a home you have lived in for so long. Likewise, organizing all of the steps involved in a move can be overwhelming. Be sure to give yourself enough time to process the changes that will be taking place.

 It is important to have support. Downsizing

can be physically and emotionally draining for both you and your family. Make sure you have a support system in place before you begin the process. This task is too arduous to take on alone. If family or friends are not available, senior move managers can be a great option to consider.

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 Don’t let your belongings hold you back. It can be challenging to decide what to keep and what to part with, but you should not let that process be a burden. You can take the most important items with you, and your support system can help you decide what should be sold, donated or given to another family member. And, remember, it is very possible to recreate your favorite living space in your new home.

“This is what we do every day,” Martinko said. “We understand that it is an emotional process, and we always honor that. We help seniors go through their belongings, and listen to stories about not only the items, but the memories that are being pulled out.” Plus, many new senior communities offer amenities that will make moving a little more enticing. These communities often feature swimming pools, fitness centers, movie theaters and social events. And, the floor plans are designed to accommodate seniors’ changing needs. Check out award-winning senior communities at nahb.org/50PlusAwards.

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To learn more about senior living options in Berks County, visit www.nahb.org.

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Membership happenings 2015 Upcoming Events…

APR

HBA Spring Clean-Up Day

APR

PBA Legislative Reception

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8:00 am – 12 noon

Federal Taphouse, Harrisburg 5:00 pm – 7:00pm

May

Reading Fightin Phils

May

Spring Golf Tournament

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First Energy Stadium 6:30 pm

Galen Hall Golf Club 11:30 am

May May

Parade Gala

May

Parade of Homes

Jun

Parade of Homes

Jun

Spring NAHB Board Meeting

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to renewing members of the Home Builders Association of Berks County (HBA) 31+ Years

11-15 Years

 Kohl Building Products  Plasterer Equipment Co., Inc.  Aluminum Associates  Berks Products  Shank Door Company  Keystone Interior Systems, Inc.

 Blatt Construction, Inc.  Berks Fire Water Restorations, Inc.  Fromm Electric Supply  Comfort Pro, Inc.  T. A. Kozlowski, Inc.  MRD Lumber Co., Inc.  Elite Vinyl Railings, LLC  Kolakowski Quality Painting, LLC  McElderry Drywall, Inc.  The Werner Group, Inc.

26-30 Years  Jeffrey L. Zimmerman  Trade Masters, Inc.  Quality Roofing Supply Co., Inc.

21-25 Years

Parade of Homes Judging

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HBA Business Campus

Berks County All Day

Stokesay Castle 6:00 pm

Berks County All Day

Berks County All Day

Marriott Wardman Park All Day

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 Aluminum Building Products  M L Construction  Rolling Rock Building Stone, Inc.  Barnhardt Remodeling  Elite Home Builders, Inc.  Tompkins Vist Bank

16-20 Years

6-10 Years  Telco, Inc.

2-5 Years  Riverview Tree & Landscaping, Inc.  Bechtel Kitchens  East Penn Energy Solutions  Masano Bradley  Hollenbach Construction, Inc.  Taylor Wiseman & Taylor  Advanced Construction Solutions, LLC  D&B Construction Group  Esterly Concrete Co., Inc.  Forino Co., L.P.

 Gentile Homes, Inc.  Whitegate Contracting  GMI First, Inc.  Holt’s Remodeling  J & L Building Materials, Inc.  Sherwin-Williams Reading Commercial 1st Year Anniversary  Decorating Den Interiors  Sal’s Landscaping & Lawn Care, Inc.


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Membership happenings 2015 Foundation Club Members: (In date order) James Gavin, Esquire Masano Bradley

Kevin Kozo Turnberry Custom Homes

Tom Kearse Kohl Building Products

Joseph J. Witkowski, Jr. Herbein + Company

Deborah Kearse Kohl Building Products

Bryan Moll B&G Glass

Larry Kehres L.A. Kehres Building & Remodeling

Cathy Sloan Hartman’s Home Improvements

Brad Kehres L.A. Kehres Building & Remodeling

Kert Sloan Aluminum Associates / Sloan Corp

Edward Anewalt IV Anewalt’s Landscape Contracting

Eric Keller Berks Fire Water Restoration Inc.

Walter Greth Greth Homes

Patrick J. Dolan Dolan Construction Inc

John Newton Greth Homes

Beth A. Hahn SAH, Inc.

David Gallen Gallen Insurance Bob Holt Holts Remodeling

Call the HBA office at 610.777.8889 to learn how to become a member of the FOUNDATION CLUB.

welcome new members Imperial Contracting Group LLC

Rodney Simmons 1432 Lancaster Avenue, Reading, PA 19607 PH: (610)  842  -  4777 www.imperialcontractinggroup.com Sponsor: Peter Hart

Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete Systems, Inc. Curt Walborn 55 Advanced Lane, Middleburg, PA 17842 PH: (570)  837-  3955 www.yourbasement.com Sponsor: Patrick Dolan

Kohl Building Products

Tom Kearse 1047 Old Bernville Road, Reading, PA 19605 PH: (610)  926  -  8800

These members understand the important role legislation plays in their businesses and the importance of electing and supporting legislators who are sensitive to the issues affecting the building industry.

www.kohlbp.com Sponsor: Larry Adam

Member 2 Member Discount Program As one of the many benefits of membership in the Home Builders Association of Berks County (HBA), the following members are offering the discounts listed to HBA members only.

Quality Floors Inc.

Aluminum Associates / Sloan Corporation

10% OFF ANY ORDER (Not valid with any other offers or prior purchases)

5% DISCOUNT ON ALL SERVICES

Geoff Penske Buick GMC

Martin’s Flooring, Inc.

GM AFFINITY PROGRAM & PARTNERSHIP WITH HBA

FREE INTERIOR DESIGN & SPECIAL HBA CONTRACTOR PRICING

Contact: Chuck Smith 800.446.6035

Contact: Victor Popescu 610.777.1300 (Call Victor for more details on how you can save.)

Berks Transfer

Contact: Bob Quinn 610.926.7626

$50 OFF 1ST CAN ORDER TO NEW CUSTOMERS

Contact: Kert E. Sloan 610.921.2201

Contact: Richie Zook 877.445.7799 (Ask about our contractor referral program)

If you would like to join the HBA or offer a Member 2 Member Discount, contact the HBA office: 610.777.8889.

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What’s HOT ON

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out – Restoring Hope Host Joe Kelly welcomes the HBA Restoring Hope Foundation to the “Ask the Home Inspector Show.” Diane K. Salks, Board of Directors Chair, and Dennis Kintzer, Board of Directors and Fundraising Committee Chair, join Joe to talk about everything you ever wanted to know about the HBA Restoring Hope Foundation. The HBA of Berks County, BCTV.org, and the “Ask the Home Inspector” television show teamed up in 2015 to provide monthly shows to educate the public on home maintenance, construction, and similarly related issues. (Length: 23:01)

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Changing World of Construction – Hiring a Contractor Host Joe Kelly and Christian D. Malesic, MBA, IOM, discuss the HBA, HBA Restoring Hope Extreme Home Makeover annual builds, changing landscape of construction, new & innovated products, PA laws and licensing, and how to hire a great contractor. Christian D. Malesic, MBA, IOM, Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Berks County (HBA), was the January 2015 guest on Berks Community Television’s (BCTV) “Ask the Home Inspector,” hosted by Joe Kelly. The HBA of Berks County, BCTV.org, and the “Ask the Home Inspector” television show teamed up in 2015 to provide monthly shows to educate the public on home maintenance, construction, and similarly related issues. (Length: 26:28)

Common Contract Clauses As part of an on-going educational series of business topics, Executive Officer Christian D. Malesic, MBA, IOM, presented “PA HICPA & Contracts in Plain English” to a live audience of HBA members. This video explains, in simple language, the following clauses: Signature Block; Complete Agreement AKA Entire Agreement; Notices; Amendments, Additions, Changes AKA Change Orders; Dispute Resolution; Time is of the Essence; Indemnify Against Loss AKA Indemnification; Legally Binding; Counterparts; Severability; Governing Law, Jurisdiction, and Venue; Title and Headings; Event of Default; Terms; Scope of Work; Background; Opening. The Home Builders Association of Berks County, PA, USA provides education & continuous improvement seminars, round-table discussions, and training on business & construction topics of all shapes & sizes on a frequent basis. Beginning in 2012, the HBA started recording some of these sessions and editing the content into packets of concise, usable information as a service to our members and the business community at large. (Length: 14:35)

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Crackle Finish: The Magic of Paint Use a Crackle Finish to make old furniture new again with that antique look that makes it original. The five Berks County locations of Sherwin Williams worked together to present various tips, tricks, ideas, and lessons on how to make things looks brand new on a tight budget. (Length: 5:49)


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